Like any great rock band, the gas in Radkey’s tank has been a will to rock on their terms. As pre-teens growing up in the Nowheresville of Saint Joseph, Missouri, they enrolled in rock n roll high school as their ticket out. With their music-obsessed dad-and-former Wal-Mart employee as road manager, the brothers played their first show opening for Fishbone in 2011 and haven’t looked back since. The family van thundered across the nation, chewing up tires and splatting insects on the windshield as Radkey gigged with the likes of Red Fang, Touche Amore and Against Me!.
In 2013, The Cat & Mouse and Devil Fruit EP’s took Radkey from sweaty backroom punk gigs to storming the UK’s Download Festival, and the US’ Riotfest. The backstory of three African-American brothers raised on their dad’s vinyl collection was only eclipsed by the band’s live show that left audiences breathless with a messy punk rock n roll riot of their own.
By 2015, things were at critical mass for Radkey, having toured the US with Rise Against and having appeared at Coachella. Enlisting Arctic Monkeys producer/mixer Ross Orton, Radkey went straight off the road into a studio, to record their debut record, Delicious Rock Noise. The result is an across-the-board detonation of several shades of rock, punk and wild abandon. And riffs, riffs, riffs.
Now, as they kick off 2018 with new music, their sound has continued to expand and mature, reflected in the sleek guitar and growing bass of their new track, “Not Smart.” It’s a testament to the future of music and the band is primed for the rock and roll hall of fame.